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She always gets a part
Seven years after the death of his wife, company executive Aoyama is invited to sit in on auditions for an actress. Leafing through the resumés in advance, his eye is caught by Yamazaki Asami, a striking young woman with ballet training.
I'm glad I'm married because I'm never dating again.
Prolific Japanese director Takashi Miike is known to stir up controversy with his film's graphic content, and this is perhaps his most disturbing. Yet, at the same time, it is tame and slow-paced compared to something like Ichi the Killer (2001). But it quickly descends into gruesome, grotesque madness; the final act will exhaust even the strongest stomachs. Although, what some might mistake for tasteless, torture-porn violence is nothing of the sort. Miike's patient plotting and tender treatment of his tortured characters hints at the ultimate terrors in store for us.
A middle-aged widower, Aoyama, decides to conduct an audition to find his ideal women. He is immediately smitten by Asami Yamazaki, she is quiet and mysterious. Aoyama's friend, Yoshikawa,…
The atmosphere is so sterile and antiseptic that it starts to feel like you've been drugged with an alien tranquilizer. And then shit hits the fan, and the disease rushes in.
I've said it before and I'll say it again; AUDITION is the most romantic movie ever made. When you put someone on a pedestal, they have no choice but to keep a tortured slave in a burlap sack and feed him human vomit.
Unrelenting, that's what this film is.
If you really want to know what this film can do to you, read as little about it as you can. That's what happened to me and I have to confess, this film haunted me for quite some time.
That all had to do with the typical slow, meticulous build up you often see in Asian films. This pace provides a perfect platform for Takashi Miike to showcase his sadism and his understanding what true horror is all about. He sinks his hooks into you, the viewer, by making you care for a very sympathetic leading man and then, halfway, he rips those hooks out with force and uncompromising terror.
True horror, that's what this film is.
The Good: I told myself I'd never watch this again, but here we are. What the fuck was I thinking? Audition is still as disturbing as I remembered, but within lies the allure of Miike's infamous masterpiece. Yes, it's a fucked up film, yet, at the same time, it's also a rather brilliant one. (But, yeah, it's really, really fucked up.) Audition seamlessly transitions from drama to romance to mystery and ultimately to horror, where we're bombarded with severed tongues, vomit eating, acupuncture torture, needles on the eyes, foot mutilation (by a wire saw, no less), and... holy shit, did that sack just move?! I'm never watching this again...
The Bad: First half is a bit slow.
The Bottom Line: Halloween douche prank: get an unsuspecting friend to watch Audition. Tell him/her it's a romantic film. Watch his/her reaction. Audition comes recommended.
Out of the snippet of extreme cinema I've seen over the years Takashi Miike's Audition is probably one of the most interesting and compelling entries. Far from the usual genre affair, this is a fairly slow-paced thriller that prefers gradually building up an unsettling atmosphere over throwing copious amounts of cheap shocks at the screen. It is definitely disturbingly brutal towards the end with a series of torture sequences that really made me wince, but it never trades that in for the creepy mood Miike put so much effort into creating. Blurring dream sequences with reality in a way that deliberately leaves you confused as to what is meant to take place in reality and what isn't, Miike is surprisingly…
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
This film is full of tension because you know that something twisted is going to happen and you are just waiting on it to happen. The problem with the expectation of tension is that you start to imagine if it can be cool enough to meet your expectations and this film certainly meets the most twisted expectations you can have and it is a high recommend.
Watching this, it suddenly hits me that the pattern in the kind of horrors I love best (The Descent, The Blair Witch Project, Rosemary's Baby) is the world-building. I am really taken with horror films that take its sweet time establishing and building the environments where the horror will take place, with no need to be "scary" or even indicates that it will be a horror right off the bat.
Audition might not be a personal favorite like those mentioned above because my horror preference tends to go towards something less queasy. But even so, it is really not that grisly, at least compared to some other Japanese horrors I have watched previously. It's just that the focus on deeply…
One of those films, that need to be seen without any prior knowledge to the plot. No trailer, no description. Luckily I did just that, thanks to a friend. And lets say, it surprised the shit out of me.
A few marks on the film itself. At first it had a very slow pacing, but it built up into a high speed train. The plot raised a lot of questions, which went unanswered, but I don't really care as it was enjoyable.
Want to see a movie with huge ass surprises? Well this is the one for you then!
Well holy shit. This one almost takes the cake for the most disturbing movie I've seen, but not quite.
Audition is one of those movies, that has to be seen without having any information prior to watching it. I was unlucky enough to read about the plot. So I strongly suggest you blindly watch this one.
The curve of the plot advancement, the soundtrack and it's style is what makes this movie brilliant. The tone, for me, was set on the grim world that spirals around death and how easily one can get lost in such a place.
I can to my dismay say that thanks to the preview of this movie my experience was not quite what it should have been. Don't make the same mistake.
KIRI KIRI KIRI KIRI!!!!!!
A sobering reminder on this Valentine's day: sometimes it's preferable to be alone. The bolito from The Counselor is more or less done here to much more terrifying effect. There are many things to appreciate in this movie, but I was particularly taken by the restraint used in delivering the scares, from musical cues to what is shown/not shown.
Audition is light on scares and its few genuinely creepy moments are undermined by the lengthy, mundane scenes that they're interspersed with.
The vaguely sexist undercurrent doesn't help its case either, all the female characters are either, stupid, needy, psychotic or some combination of the three.
There's an exact point when this goes off the rails: where Miike's static compositions give way to chaotic handheld cinematography and disorienting cuts. From then on, this film is an absolute onslaught. I love it.
Kiri kiri kiri kiri kiri.
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